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Watch: Chapel Hill Building Integrated Communities video

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We are pleased to share a video about the Chapel Hill Building Integrated Communities project. We hope you will enjoy!



The Chapel Hill Building Integrated Communities Project (Chapel Hill BIC) is a two-year collaboration between the Town of Chapel Hill, local community groups and residents, and the statewide Building Integrated Communities program at UNC-Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill BIC is a community planning project, which means that community members and government staff are working together to develop town plans. The goals are to:

  • Share and build knowledge about Chapel Hill’s foreign-born and refugee communities
  • Improve relationships and communication with foreign-born “newcomers” to Chapel Hill
  • Support resident participation in local government

Listen: Building Integrated Communities on WCHL


Sarah Viñas of Chapel Hill’s Office of Housing and Community of Building Integrated Communities discusses community conversations with foreign-born residents.

2017-18 APPLES Global Course Guanajuato application is open!

APPLY NOW for APPLES Global Course Guanajuato

UNC Study Abroad at the University of Guanajuato—-deadline Oct. 20. 

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This 3 credit spring course combines ethnographic methods, oral history, and service-learning to examine Latin American migrant perspectives. Students research and work with migrants in North Carolina and spend spring break in migrants’ home communities in Guanajuato, Mexico.

The course addresses ethical and practical aspects of the ethnographic method, which includes the preparation, transaction, and transcription of interviews. This course is designed for upper level students (Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors) and is also open to graduate students. Strong knowledge of Spanish is highly recommended. Students must be prepared to volunteer at a campus or community organization that works with migrant issues. Digital audio recorders are required. Above all, students must be motivated by a strong desire to better understand transnational migration issues.


Carolina Alumni Review, “Citizens of Carolina”

“The children of undocumented immigrants who can get into Carolina have been welcome here. The out-of-state tuition rate makes paying for it tough, and now their special status could be taken away.”

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Association of Research Libraries features New Roots/Nuevas Raíces

Many thanks to our friends at the Association of Research Libraries for featuring New Roots/Nuevas Raíces! Read more below. 

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries Support Digital Scholarship 17th Profile in ARL Series
by Kaylyn Groves | 202-296-2296 | | on July 28, 2017

The latest installment in the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) series highlighting digital scholarship support at ARL member libraries features the work of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The University of North Carolina (UNC) profile, written by ARL visiting program officer Catherine Davidson, presents a brief history of the evolution of digital scholarship support at the university, focusing on the UNC Library Research Hub, made up of three distinct hubs, each with its own unique focus: the Hub @ Davis Library, the Hub @ Health Sciences Library, and the Hub & Makerspace @ Kenan Science Library.

This profile describes the current work of the hubs, including information about staffing, spaces, programs, collaboration, and outreach. Looking to the future, Carol Hunter, interim university librarian and vice provost for University Libraries, said: “I see the UNC Libraries and in particular the Research Hub as THE HUB for empowering digital research and scholarship at UNC in the next 5–10 years. As research becomes ever more connected and collaborative, we will provide Carolina faculty, staff, and students the space, tools, and information assistance they need to successfully conduct research and manage research results.”

Three projects are featured in the UNC profile: New Roots/Nuevas Raíces: Voices from/Voces de Carolina del Norte!, a digital archive of oral histories of Latin American migrants in North Carolina; the Dr. Oliver Smithies Research Archive, which contains digitized pages of the lab notebooks created by Smithies, a geneticist and biochemist and UNC’s first Nobel Prize winner; and Convergence of Climate-Health-Vulnerabilities, a website with interactive visuals through which users can explore climate and related health information about North Carolina counties.

To read each of the profiles in this series as they are published, watch the ARL website, follow ARL on Facebook or Twitter, or subscribe to ARL e-mail announcements or news or to the profiles RSS feed.

About the Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 123 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at

UNC Senior Ana Dougherty Receives 2017 Princeton in Latin America Fellowship

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Winston-Salem pipeline information sessions | Winston-Salem Sesiones informativas para recién llegados

Our 2014-2017 BIC partners in Winston-Salem host their inaugural NEWCOMER PIPELINE session in less than one week! See flyers for details/registration.

¡Nuestros socixs BIC de 2014-2017 en Winston-Salem alojarán su sesión inaugural de su “PIPELINE” PARA RECIÉN LLEGADXS en menos de una semana! Véase folletos para detalles e inscripciones.


Guanajuato spotlight: Elizabeth Byrum

“In a lot of ways, my time in Guanajuato has cemented my desire to work with community-based interventions and to definitely center my future work around relationship building and meeting people where they are in the moment. ” Elizabeth Byrum, Guanajuato c/o 2013

APPLES Global Course Guanajuato (GLBL 382) is a three credit spring course that combines ethnographic methods, oral history, and service-learning to examine Latin American migrant perspectives. Students research and work with migrants in North Carolina and spend spring break in migrants’ home communities in Guanajuato, Mexico.

Through leadership development, experiential learning, and engaged service, Guanajuato alumni have had an incredible impact through our programs. We were pleased to sit down with Guanajuato alum and current UNC School of Social Work graduate student Elizabeth Byrum.

Q: Elizabeth, thank you so much for joining us. Tell us a little more about yourself.

A: I graduated from UNC in 2013 with a journalism and global studies (Latin America focus) double major and Hispanic studies minor. After graduating, I worked for almost three years in the nonprofit sector in Raleigh, NC around development and grant writing, first with the AJ Fletcher Foundation and then with the Autism Society of North Carolina. I’m originally from Raleigh and I’ve always had an interest in working in the nonprofit community in the Triangle, particularly in a human services field where I could use my passion for storytelling and writing, as well as my Spanish language skills.

I am currently a graduate student in the School of Social Work and I am interested in child welfare and abuse prevention, integrated healthcare, and supporting refugee and immigrant populations. I will begin my first field internship for my graduate program in August 2017 at an inpatient behavioral health center for children and adolescents.

Q: That sounds fascinating. Tell us how you were(/are!) involved with Guanajuato. What influenced you to participate as an undergraduate? How did the experience impact you?

A: I was extremely fortunate to be able to visit Guanajuato twice while at UNC for my undergraduate and I am so excited that I’ll be returning this summer for graduate research! In 2012, I was one of the interns for Project Guanajuato, a two-month community-based internship that partnered with small communities in Guanajuato and the Fundación Comunitaria del Bajío. I lived in El Gusano for two months that summer and it was an incredibly transformative experience. While we spent most of our days organizing English classes, art activities, and other community events, the opportunity to build intimate relationships with the community and to understand the stories and experiences of individuals who lived in rural Mexico (and who often had several family members living in the US) and who often had several family members living in the US was very meaningful. I was extremely excited about the opportunity to return to Guanajuato with the APPLES Global Course Guanajuato in spring 2013 and visit with my host family and the many other wonderful individuals I met the summer before. Overall, these experiences informed my interest in working with the Spanish-speaking community and furthered my learning about the immigration process in the United States and the many challenges that exist for families that reside in two separate countries.

Throughout my undergraduate years, I wanted to pursue opportunities to learn and explore the Spanish language and also participate in experiences locally that connected with Spanish-speaking immigrants. I was and still am particularly interested in community development work and the creation of a network of supportive resources for immigrants here (accessible, relevant health care, housing assistance, language classes, etc.), and it was a great opportunity to see the informal transnational relationship that exists between the Triangle community and Mexican communities of origin, many of which are in Guanajuato.

Byrum (far left) will return to Guanajuato for her graduate studies in 2017.

I’m excited to be returning to Guanajuato this summer for three weeks as part of a UNC research team that will be conducting a school-based psychosocial intervention for adolescents. The intervention will focus on stress and self-harming behavior and will be conducted in Juventino Rosas with middle and high school students. I’m also hoping to reconnect with the Fundacion and my former host families while I’m down there!

Q: That is so wonderful you are able to go back! What is your favorite memory from your experiences in Guanajuato thus far?

A: I would say that my favorite memories of my previous time in Guanajuato were the art activities that we planned for the kids in the El Gusano community. We created musical instruments, made a mosaic mural, created and painted piñatas, took photos and made photo frames, plus many more things. Every week, we would organize an art activity and so many kids and teens in the community would come out to participate. We were able to get to know them very well over the course of several weeks. I also just loved sitting with my fellow interns and our host families around meals and sharing stories or watching telenovelas. My entire experience was very relationship oriented and the moments that we spent together are what I remember most fondly. and each of the moments that we spent together are what I remember most fondly. Overall, it’s still often hard to explain to friends and family the impact of my experiences, particularly from the two months I was in the community. In a lot of ways, my time in Guanajuato has cemented my desire to work with community-based interventions and to definitely center my future work around relationship building and meeting people where they are in the moment.

Q: We love that. What does Guanajuato mean to you, and why should others get involved?

A: My Guanajuato experiences really provided an important cross-cultural perspective into the greater social issue of migration and community building. They have definitely helped me develop personally and have helped guide my interests professionally, including deciding to return to pursue a graduate degree.

I’ve consistently recommended the APPLES course to anyone who is interested in understanding in depth our growing global community. It’s a fantastic way to really connect with many issues that are hyper-relevant in Chapel Hill and the greater North Carolina community. The course provides a holistic perspective and tangible connections between our communities and those in Mexico.

Q: When you are not studying for your Master’s degree, what do you like to do for fun?

A: My partner and I love to go to local concerts at venues like the Cat’s Cradle, The Pinhook, and Kings. We try to go to at least a few a month. We also love traveling and try to plan domestic and international trips each year. I also enjoy practicing yoga and exploring the yoga community in the Triangle; in fact, I just completed my 200 hr yoga teacher training this year. I also spend a lot of time cooking, playing with my dachshund, and hanging out around Raleigh.

Wow, congratulations on completing 200 hour yoga training, Elizabeth! And thank you so much for sharing this with us, we look forward to the great things you will do!

LISTEN—2017 interviews available in the New Roots/Nuevas Raíces Archive


Eight new oral history interviews are now available in the New Roots: Voices from Carolina del Norte digital archive. The interviews were conducted in the spring of 2017 by UNC undergraduate students in Dr. Hannah Gill’s APPLES Latin American Immigrant Perspectives: Ethnography in Action course. Some of the themes covered in these stories include issues surrounding identity, family, community and social services and programs, integration and segregation, language, and education. Click on the links below to listen to the interviewees and learn about their experiences and perspective on migration in North Carolina.

·         Antonio Alanis ·         Laura Diaz Leal
·         Kristina Caltabiano ·         Laura Ornelas
·         Madison Hayes ·         Elizabeth Price
·         Olivia Joyner ·         Claire Weintraub

A special thanks to Claire Weintraub, Raina Enrique, Elsa Steiner, and Olivia Joyner for conducting these amazing interviews and to all the interviewees for sharing their story. Stay tuned for new additions to the archive coming very soon!

Congratulations, Laura! Published article, “Transnationalism and health”



Laura Villa Torres

We are pleased to share the work of our Bilingual Outreach Assistant, Laura Villa Torres. The article, “Transnationalism and health: A systematic literature review on the use of transnationalism in the study of the health practices and behaviors of migrants,” conducted a systematic review to explore if and how transnationalism has been used to study migrants’ health and what a transnational perspective contributes to understanding health practices and behaviors of transnational migrants.

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Transnationalism explores social, economic and political processes that occur beyond national borders and has been widely used in migration studies. We conducted a systematic review to explore if and how transnationalism has been used to study migrants’ health and what a transnational perspective contributes to understanding health practices and behaviors of transnational migrants. We identified 26 empirical studies published in peer-reviewed journals that included a transnational perspective to study migrants’ health practices and behaviors. The studies describe the ways in which migrants travel back and forth between countries of destination to countries of origin to receive health care, for reasons related to cost, language, and perceptions of service quality. In addition, the use of services in countries of origin is related to processes of social class transformation and reclaiming of social rights. For those migrants who cannot travel, active participation in transnational networks is a crucial way to remotely access services through phone or email, and to acquire medical supplies and other health-related goods (traditional medicine, home remedies). We conclude with recommendations for future research in this area.